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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.8 "Symphony of a Thousand"

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel has recorded Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand") once before. In 2012 he took the work's subtitle (which is not Mahler's) at its word and performed the work with a giant ensemble of more than a thousand players and singers, expanded to an awe-inspiring 1,400 in a Venezuelan performance a few weeks later. Those performances featured not only Dudamel's Los Angeles Philharmonic but the Simon Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, plus several massed choirs. Here the forces are cut down to a more usual 350 or so, and the performance, at the orchestra's usual Walt Disney Hall, is several minutes quicker than the earlier version. It's a good example of Dudamel's work in this phase of his career. He's no longer the wunderkind from the south, compelled to produce miraculous performances, but can, and indeed must, think through a work in greater detail. And so he does. The earth-shattering moments are there, but they move past more quickly. Of course one's reactions to this will depend on one's conception of the work, which Mahler himself to some extent conceived of as being over the top. But the quieter passages emerge more clearly here, and the Philharmonic's players dispatch them with crackling precision. The three choirs involved have a remarkable sense of cohesion, fully justifying their Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance. And the soloists, led by the resonant bass Morris Robinson, are wonderful. This album earned a second Grammy nomination, for Best Engineering, and this too will inspire varying reactions. The live 2019 performance was recorded in a kind of surround sound that to these ears favors the soloists (they seem to be coming at the listener from all sides), but slightly muddies the big choral passages. Listeners are invited to sample for themselves; the effect is clearly audible, without the need for high-end audio equipment. At any rate, the performance hangs together uncommonly well even of those in search of maximal impact may wish to go back to Leonard Bernstein's epochal recording of this most extreme of Mahler's works.
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Symphony No. 8 in E Flat Major "Symphony of a Thousand" / Pt. 1 (Gustav Mahler)

1
Veni, creator spiritus
Los Angeles Master Chorale
00:01:21

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

2
Imple superna gratia
Tamara Wilson
00:04:13

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

3
Infirma nostri corporis
Tamara Wilson
00:01:40

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

4
Tempo I. Allegro, etwas hastig
Los Angeles Philharmonic
00:01:23

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

5
Infirma nostri corporis virtute firmans perpeti
Tamara Wilson
00:02:29

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

6
Accende lumen sensibus
Tamara Wilson
00:05:18

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

7
Qui Paraclitus diceris
Tamara Wilson
00:04:12

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

8
Gloria sit Patri Domino
Tamara Wilson
00:01:48

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

Symphony No. 8 in E Flat Major "Symphony of a Thousand" / Pt. 2 (Gustav Mahler)

9
Poco adagio
Los Angeles Philharmonic
00:05:42

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

10
Più mosso. Allegro moderato
Los Angeles Philharmonic
00:03:21

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

11
Waldung, sie schwankt heran
Los Angeles Master Chorale
00:04:23

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

12
Ewiger Wonnebrand
Ryan McKinny
00:01:39

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

13
Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen
Morris Robinson
00:03:59

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

14
Gerettet ist das edle Glied
Los Angeles Master Chorale
00:01:01

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

15
Jene Rosen, aus den Händen
Los Angeles Master Chorale
00:02:02

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

16
Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest
Mihoko Fujimura
00:01:40

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

17
Ich spür' soeben
Los Angeles Master Chorale
00:00:33

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

18
Hier ist die Aussicht frei - Freudig empfangen wir
Simon O'Neill
00:00:36

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

19
Höchste Herrscherin der Welt
Simon O'Neill
00:02:14

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

20
Jungfrau, rein im schönsten Sinne
Simon O'Neill
00:01:28

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

21
Äußerst langsam. Adagissimo
Los Angeles Philharmonic
00:01:31

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

22
Dir, der Unberührbaren - Du schwebst zu Höhen
Leah Crocetto
00:02:03

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

23
Bei der Liebe, die den Füßen
Tamara Wilson
00:00:55

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

24
Bei dem Bronn, zu dem schon weiland
Mihoko Fujimura
00:01:24

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

25
Bei dem hochgeweihten Orte
Tamara Mumford
00:01:02

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

26
Die du großen Sünderinnen
Tamara Wilson
00:01:37

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

27
Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche
Leah Crocetto
00:00:40

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

28
Er überwächst uns schon
Pacific Chorale
00:01:15

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

29
Vom edlen Geisterchor umgeben
Leah Crocetto
00:02:03

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

30
Komm! hebe dich zu höhern Sphären
Erin Morley
00:01:08

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

31
Blicket auf zum Retterblick
Simon O'Neill
00:05:29

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

32
Alles Vergängliche
Tamara Wilson
00:05:07

Los Angeles Master Chorale - Pacific Chorale - Los Angeles Philharmonic - Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor - Gustav Mahler, Composer

℗ 2021 LA Phil

Album Description

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel has recorded Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand") once before. In 2012 he took the work's subtitle (which is not Mahler's) at its word and performed the work with a giant ensemble of more than a thousand players and singers, expanded to an awe-inspiring 1,400 in a Venezuelan performance a few weeks later. Those performances featured not only Dudamel's Los Angeles Philharmonic but the Simon Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, plus several massed choirs. Here the forces are cut down to a more usual 350 or so, and the performance, at the orchestra's usual Walt Disney Hall, is several minutes quicker than the earlier version. It's a good example of Dudamel's work in this phase of his career. He's no longer the wunderkind from the south, compelled to produce miraculous performances, but can, and indeed must, think through a work in greater detail. And so he does. The earth-shattering moments are there, but they move past more quickly. Of course one's reactions to this will depend on one's conception of the work, which Mahler himself to some extent conceived of as being over the top. But the quieter passages emerge more clearly here, and the Philharmonic's players dispatch them with crackling precision. The three choirs involved have a remarkable sense of cohesion, fully justifying their Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance. And the soloists, led by the resonant bass Morris Robinson, are wonderful. This album earned a second Grammy nomination, for Best Engineering, and this too will inspire varying reactions. The live 2019 performance was recorded in a kind of surround sound that to these ears favors the soloists (they seem to be coming at the listener from all sides), but slightly muddies the big choral passages. Listeners are invited to sample for themselves; the effect is clearly audible, without the need for high-end audio equipment. At any rate, the performance hangs together uncommonly well even of those in search of maximal impact may wish to go back to Leonard Bernstein's epochal recording of this most extreme of Mahler's works.
© TiVo

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